Fire restrictions in Western Nevada to be lifted Sept. 30 |

Fire restrictions in Western Nevada to be lifted Sept. 30

Staff report

Fire restriction that have been in place since June 30 will expire at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Office, Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Nevada Division of Forestry and Nevada State Parks.

Campfires still require a campfire permit on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Also, Carson Ranger District will end “Hoot Owl” firewood cutting restrictions for all of its woodcutting areas.

“Decreasing daily sunlight, increasing fuel moisture levels, and cooler evening temperatures are allowing us to lift fire restrictions,” noted the agency Fire Management Officers. “However, the potential threat for wildfires remains, so we encourage the public to continue enjoying their federal, state, and private lands responsibly by being very careful with any fire.”

Recreationists are reminded to be fire safe with all their outdoor activities, including ensuring campfires are dead out. Leaving campfires unattended is a class B misdemeanor. Other important reminders for all outdoor enthusiasts include the following:

The use of exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting is prohibited at all times.

Target shooting — use of tracer rounds and steel-core ammunition can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.

Riding motorcycles/ATVs without a spark arrester and careless smoking can all cause unwanted wildland fires.

The use of propane stoves versus campfires and charcoal grill fires is still preferred in these dry conditions.

Fireworks are always illegal to possess and use on all federal and Nevada’s state and private lands. On some tribal land some exceptions may apply.

Firewood cutters must have a chain saw with a functioning, approved spark arrester screen on the exhaust.

Open burning on private land still requires a permit from local fire departments.

For more information, contact the BLM-Carson City Field Office at 775-885-6000; the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at 775-882-2766 in Carson, and at 760-932-7070 in Bridgeport; the NDF at 684-2500, the BIA at 775-887-3500, and the USFWS at 775-423-5128.